Scotland Complicit in rendition
Keep torture flights out of Scotland
23 August 2007 Lawyer Clive Stafford Smith said that Scottish airports have been a key staging point in the renditions circuit, and that six named individuals were transported to torture with the help of Scottish territory. Reprieve is calling for an "immediate and thorough criminal investigation" by the Scottish Police as well as an investigation by the Scottish Parliament.
Scotland complicit in rendition
New call for police action over rendition
19 August 2006 SACC has written today to Strathclyde Police urging them to investigate an incident in October 2001 when a Gulfstream private jet linked to the CIA is believed to have stopped to refuel at Prestwick after taking a rendition victim from Pakistan to Jordan. The fate of the man - Yemeni citizen Jamil Qasim Saeed Muhammad - is unknown. His case is documented in an Amnesty International report on human rights abuses in Jordan, published in July this year.
The latest call for action from SACC follows a police statement in July that there was insufficient evidence for them to act. We hope that the new information we have brought to their attention - which in fact has been public knowledge for some months - will be sufficiently specific to trigger a serious investigation.
Read SACC's new letter to Strathclyde police.
Saturday 24 June 2006 - Day of Protest
Protests against rendition were held at airports around the UK
Prestwick protest -Report and pictures from Indymedia
Birmingham protest - Report and pictures
A Global Spider's Web of Abuse
'Extraordinary rendition' is the term generally used for the practice of kidnapping "terror suspects" and flying them to countries where torture of prisoners occurs. The practice is illegal and the term has no meaning in international law. Reports have revealed that a large number of flights into or out of Scotland have been logged by aircraft owned or run by the CIA. In many cases these flights link places thought to be involved in extra-judicial detention and interrogation. The airfields involved include Glasgow,
Prestwick, Edinburgh, Leuchars, Wick and Inverness. A report published on 7 June by Council of Europe rapporteur Dick Marty documents a "global spiders web" of illegal activity.
Read Dick Marty's report
It's clear that the flights contravene international law but the government denies British involvement and refuse to intervene to stop the flights. In the past Vice President Cheney has defended torture as legitimate.
The outcry over rendition is forcing the US government to backtrack. Last
December Condoleza Rice issued a statement that US personnel were bound
by the UN convention against torture whether they were based at home or
Amnesty report shows shows British involvement in rendition
New report from Amnesty International (14 June)
Partners in crime: Europe's role in US renditions
The report focuses on six cases of rendition involving 13 victims. Amnesty International says:
The cases leave no doubt that the seven highlighted states - Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Italy, Macedonia, Sweden, Turkey and the UK - have failed in their duty to respect and protect human rights. These and other states must be held to account for the part they played in the renditions.
All governments should use national and international law to
prosecute anyone who has been directly or indirectly responsible for
torture or other forms of ill-treatment...Torture does not stop terror.
Torture is terror - statement from Amnesty International, June 2005
Read the full statement
No torture, no compromise
The UK Human Rights group Liberty says:
Liberty believes that by involving ourselves torture - even if we are not actually torturing people ourselves - we make a mockery of our status as a civilised country and we lose any ability to press other countries to halt this practice.
Liberty's "No Torture - No Compromise" campaign
Petition Against Torture Flights
Stop US torture (aka extraordinary rendition) flights using Scottish
airports. Download a printable petition; collect signatures in your
workplace and your community; from your neighbours; at campaign stalls.
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